Smartphones generally become slower performance-wise after a while. Resetting your device will improve its performance immensely. All devices have the restore factory option in the settings app. Note that factory resetting your phone means that all the apps and data on the phone will be wiped off. Here is a detailed guide on how to reset Samsung phones.
Samsung phones running on Android have the backup option, and Samsung cloud enables you to backup info without the help of cables. Therefore, before factory resetting, make sure you have backed up all important information on your phone. Hard resetting comes in handy when you have forgotten the security code or pattern you had set to protect your phone. Resetting your Samsung device solves most software related performance issues. However, some software performance issues can be resolved by installing updates on your phone’s firmware. Patches that come from updates are meant to address some performance hitches. Below is how to reset a Samsung device.
The process is essential if you have not enabled automatic backups and have access to the settings app.
For devices running Android 8.0 Oreo
- On your Samsung device, go to Apps on the Home screen.
- Select settings from the Apps menu.
- Scroll through settings and then tap on Cloud and Accounts.
- Tap Backup and Restore under Cloud and Accounts.
- Under Google account, choose back up my data.
- Click Off to turn Back up on; your Samsung device will back up your data to your Google account automatically.
Android 7.0 Nougat
- Tap apps from the home screen.
- Swipe through and select Settings (or simply drag down the notification bar and tap on the settings icon).
- Tap backup and reset.
- Lastly, select back up my data.
How to format a Samsung phone or device
Formatting a device means restoring its factory settings. Here are the steps for restoring factory settings on Samsung devices.
Steps to restore factory settings on Samsung phones
Here is the procedure to on how to factory reset Samsung phones.
- Click on apps on the home screen.
- Find settings on the apps menu. (simply drag down the notification bar and tap on the settings icon)
- Select settings.
- Scroll through settings and tap on general management.
- Tap reset.
- Select factory data reset.
- Tap Reset Device or Reset, depending on your specific device.
- Select Delete All.
- Android Recovery Screen will open up after a few minutes. Select Wipe data/factory reset using Volume Down key to scroll.
- Press the Power button.
- A warning screen will appear. scroll to Yes and press the Power button.
- The Android Recovery Screen will appear after a few seconds with the Reboot System option. Press the Power button to reboot your device.
Samsung factory reset for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or an earlier version.
Here is how to factory reset Samsung device from this category.
- Select Apps on the Home screen.
- Swipe till you see Settings and tap on it.
- Click on Back Up and Reset under Settings.
- Select Factory Data Reset.
- Tap Reset Device under Factory Data Reset.
- Select Delete All.
The procedure of how to wipe a Samsung phone is the same as factory resetting.
Samsung hard reset
Hard resetting solves software performance problems like:
- Apps crashing
- Bugs and glitches
- Virus and malware
- Slow performance
How to hard reset Samsung
For Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy S except for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and Samsung Galaxy Note except for Galaxy Note 8, here is the hard reset process. The process also works on other recent Samsung Galaxy models.
- Turn off your Samsung device.
- Press the Home, Power, and Volume up buttons simultaneously. Wait for the Android Recovery screen to appear.
- Then, use the Volume Down key to scroll down and stop on Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
- Press the Power key.
- Android Recovery reappears after a few seconds with the Reboot System Now option highlighted.
- Press the Power key to reboot your Samsung device.
- Wait for the device to turn on and Set it up.
Hard reset Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8.
- Turn off your device.
- Press Power, Volume Up, and Bixby keys simultaneously until the Samsung logo appears. Wait for Android Recovery to launch.
- Scroll using the Volume Up until you are at Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
- Press the Power key.
- The Android Recovery reappears after a few seconds with the Reboot System option highlighted.
- Press the Power key to reboot your device.
- When the device turns on, set it up to your preferences.
How to reboot Samsung devices
- Long press the power button on your Samsung phone until a menu pops up.
- Select Reboot.
- Alternatively, press the power key for 10 seconds or more.
Latest Samsung devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above come with Factory Reset Protection. After hard resetting your device, you will need to sign in to the Google Account associated with your Samsung device. This security feature prevents people from accessing your phone when it gets lost or stolen. Factory Reset Protection is not activated when you reset your Samsung phone through the Settings app. It is only activated when you hard reset your device while it is off. Samsung Factory Reset option from settings app is what you should use when looking to resale your phone.
The process above on how to reset Samsung devices should be followed carefully. Remember that resetting your device will lead to the deletion of apps, music, photos and any other data in your device. Try to backup your data either in the memory card, cloud or even a computer. If the above procedures do not work, try contacting Samsung support for advice or visit your local Samsung store.
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